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    The Gilmores 

Lorelai Victoria Gilmore (Lauren Graham)

A single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and ran away from the home of her controlling parents to make a life of her own.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
  • Big Eater: It's implied Lorelai eats a lot, and yet remains extremely slender. Other characters comment on this near constantly.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Gilmore family; getting pregnant young and running away from home will do that.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her eccentricities, she does a good job running first the Independence Inn and later The Dragonfly Inn
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rory, despite being actually her mother, not her sister. They are extremely close. At one point, Lorelai regrets she haven't taught her how to drink and handle alcohol when Rory is going for her first spring break at college.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very quick witted, and easily the snarkiest character on the show, even more than Luke.
  • Doting Parent: Definitely. She thinks her daughter is a paragon of perfection.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she fell out of a canoe at summer camp wearing a t-shirt with no bra; the nickname comes from how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
  • Genki Girl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Rory and Sookie. Rory is her daughter, her only close family for a really long time when she was not on good terms with her parents. Sookie is her best friend with whom she starts a business.
  • Mama Bear: Lorelai's laid back for the greater part of the time, but if you hurt Rory...
  • Rebellious Princess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Rory's Blue. She's a humorous and talkative Genki Girl, while Rory is studious and shy.
  • Self Made Woman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Luke, even when they weren't a couple. He's usually the Grumpy Bear Only Sane Man, and she's quirky and talkative.
    • She has this relationship with most of her boyfriends.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Played with. She gets drawn back to Christopher each time because she thinks he gets his act together.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Got pregnant at 16 with Rory.
  • The Unfavorite: To both Emily and Richard, but especially Richard. She feels they prefer her daughter Rory over her. However, they prove multiple times that they do love her as well.
    Lorelai (to Rory): You are the Great White Hope of the Gilmore Clan. You are their angel, sent from up above. You are the daughter they didn't have.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Luke. Eventually They Do.
  • Womanchild: Her daughter is much more mature than she is.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of her daughter desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the Moral Event Horizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.

Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)

Lorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper class world her mother left behind.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Her mother and everyone in Stars Hollow seem to think that not loving Rory borders on sort of a terrible crime. To the point where everyone started treating Dean like a delinquent just because he broke up with Rory, without even knowing the reason and what really happened between them.
  • Always Someone Better: Unintentionally, she's this to Paris, and sometimes to Lane.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has a very long fuse, but you don't want to be around on the rare occasions she goes off.
  • Big Eater: Like her mother. The two of them can put it away.
  • Blue Oni: To both Paris and Lorelai's Red.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Jess' Brooding Boy.
  • Character Development: Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's a cute girl and she's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale). Her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although more subtle than her mother or Luke.
  • Dude Magnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show.
  • Foreshadowing: Her attraction to "bad boys" arguably shows as early as Tristan. Despite all his advances annoying her greatly, she still warms up to him and by the time he leaves the show, they bid each other a fond goodbye and even sees Rory smiling when Tristan says he'd like to kiss her, "but [Dean] is watching us". Her switch in attitude towards him is especially apparent considering it happens around the same time as Jess is introduced...
  • Genius Book Club: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Go-Getter Girl
  • Has a Type: Played with. Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over Nice Guy Marty. However, early in the series, what drives her away from Tristan is his Jerk Ass behavior. She's possibly more attracted to charm and wit than 'bad boy' behaviour and book smarts. And the situation with her and Jess seems to be more of a case of Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Being told "You don't got it." causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
    • She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Lorelai and Lane. Later with Paris, too.
  • Hollywood Nerd: For a supposed "nerd", Rory's stunning.
  • Hypocrite: Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Also has a few moments of this.
  • Left Hanging: Remember during the season 6 finale where Rory begged for a job at her internship? Yeah, it's forgotten during the first episode of the seventh season.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Lorelai's Dark.
  • Motor Mouth: Even faster than her mother.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. Fun fact: Alexis Bledel didn't like coffee, so in any scene in which Rory drinks it, she's actually drinking coke.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
  • Nice Girl
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Parental Favoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai
    Lorelai (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
  • Princess Phase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
  • The Quiet One: She starts as this.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily accidentally refers to Richard as Rory's father.
  • School Newspaper News Hound
  • Spoiled Sweet
  • Took a Level in Jerkass
  • The Unfair Sex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Jess in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well.

Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop)

Lorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.

  • Abusive Parents: She comes close to this in the way she treats Lorelai.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Emily just never learns that she has a tendency to drive away Lorelai and even Rory at times by seeking to control everything.
  • And Starring
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Evil Matriarch: She has her moments.
  • Ice Queen
  • Lawful Stupid: Though it's more a case of Emily only seeing things in black and white.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For a rich woman, Emily sure does wear the same outfits over and over again...or maybe that's just to Friday Night Dinner...
  • Mama Bear: It's rarely shown, but the times she goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making Jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
  • Manipulative Bitch: With Lorelai, Rory, Richard, and various members of her staff.
  • My Beloved Smother
  • Grandparental Obliviousness: Emily doesn't seem to understand that Rory is her own person, and constantly pushes her own ideals onto them; unlike her mother, Rory doesn't push back so much.
  • Rich Bitch: Rich, check. Bitch, check.
  • Tiny Girl: With 6' 5" Edward Herrmann.

Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann)

Lorelai's father. A normally reserved and no-nonsense insurance man, he begins to form a close bond with Rory after coming back into their lives.

  • Badass Grandpa: Confronting Mitchum Huntzberger and giving him a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He seems (and is) much nicer than Emily but see Manipulative Bastard below.
  • Cool Old Guy: Specially towards Rory.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Emily, who almost never notices.
  • Fake Guest Star: Each season opening lists Edward Herrmann as making a Special Appearance.
  • Grandparental Obliviousness: Not as bad as Emily, however.
  • Huge Guy: With 5' 6" Kelly Bishop.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While no-where near as bad as Emily, Richard does have his moments, especially when he tries to coax Rory into going to Yale.
  • Momma's Boy: Will even ignore his wife for his mother's needs.
  • Papa Wolf: It's rarely shown, but the times he goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making Jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
  • The Quiet One
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: You'll be hard-pressed to see this man in anything but a suit and tie
  • The Patriarch: Very much the head of the Gilmore family.

Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore (Marion Ross)

Lorelai's paternal grandmother whom she inherited her name from. She is very close with her son, but completely disapproves of Emily.

Marilyn Gilmore (Marion Ross)

    Stars Hollow 

Lucas "Luke" Danes (Scott Patterson)

The owner of the local dinner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.

Kirk Gleason (Sean Gunn)

The oddball among oddballs in Stars Hollow. He is never seen in the same occupation.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's hard to tell if Kirk is just well-meaning but slightly quirky, or perhaps mildly autistic.
  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a random guy named "Nick" in the pilot, then developed into an actual character with his own subplots as the series went on.
  • Butt Monkey: Cannot seem to catch a break, ever.
  • The Chew Toy: He usually has it coming because of his stupidity, but still.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even in an entire town of these he stands out.
  • Fan Disservice: Many probably considered seeing Kirk's naked skinny body a disservice but after they did it the first time loads of people were requesting them to do it again and again.
  • The Fool
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?
  • Man Child: Among his quirks are an affection for childish cereal, toys, and a over-reliance on his mother.
  • Momma's Boy: Until Lulu comes along, he has some serious trouble cutting those apron strings.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets a pretty and nice girlfriend in later seasons.
  • Wacky Guy
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs??: Just a small sampling of the jobs he has throughout the series: grocery store clerk, alarm installation tech, inventor of anti-slip bath decals, and real estate agent. It was eventually revealed he isn't changing jobs as often as you'd think, and is maintaining several of them. As a result he has more money in the bank than anyone else in town.
  • You Look Familiar: Sean Gunn had minor roles in early episodes before he was established as Kirk.

Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy)

Lorelai's best friend and a perfectionist chef extraordinaire. She gets married and starts a family at the end of season 2.

  • Alliterative Name: Sookie St. James.
  • Beta Couple: She gets together with Jackson early in the series and they get married only a bit later, and their relationship is stable, in contrast to Lorelai's and Rory's love life.
  • Big Fun: A perfect female example of the trope. She's a plus size, but cute and funny and amusing.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: She was extremely surprised with her third pregnancy. Particularly because Jackson had told her he'd gotten a vasectomy. He lied.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's kind of strange and has many quirks, but she's a supreme chef and everbody loves her cokking.
  • Control Freak: Rules her kitchen with an iron fist, even when she's supposed to be on bed rest at the end of her pregnancy.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Part of some early awkward characterization. The perfectionist side of her gets more developed in the later seasons.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Lorelai. They are very close and start a business together.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Although she's an adult woman, she almost always wears adorable pigtails. It's always a good idea to tie your hair if you work with food.
  • Happily Married: Marries Jackson at the end of Season 2, and they remain the most stable couple from that point forward.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lorelai. They both work at the Independence Inn and dream of having their own business.
  • Shipper on Deck: She would love to see Lorelain happy. At different points, for Lorelai with either Max or Luke. Particularly for Luke.
  • Skewed Priorities: Especially if cooking is involved. Cooking is always on top.
  • Supreme Chef: At least when she's not being clumsy.
  • They Do: After a season or two of back-and-forth, she and Jackson tie the knot in the Season 2 finale.

Jackson Belleville (Jackson Douglas)

Stars Hollows's prominent produce man who takes great pride in his work. He begins a relationship with Sookie and the two get married and start a family together.

  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: In season 5, Jackson decides to run for town selectman against Taylor, being tired of his obsessiveness, and wins by an overwhelming landslide, . However, Jackson finds that the job is very unfulfilling, so he hands the reins back to Taylor.
  • Beta Couple: With Sookie.
  • Good Ol' Boy: A manly man with old-fashioned values and a country-boy upbringing.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Jackson owns a pair of pajamas with an old wrestling photo of him on it. Unfortunately, he couldn't hide them from Lorelai and Rory.
  • Happily Married: To Sookie.
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice Hat: He is rarely seen without a beanie on.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Despite being married to the best friend of one of the leads, Jackson doesn't really get much to do outside of his relationship with Sookie. This is especially evident in later seasons.
  • They Do: Marries Sookie at the end of Season 2.

Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale)

A Frenchman with a biting attitude and tongue who works as the concierge at the Independence Inn and later the Dragonfly. Although he is condescending to everyone he comes across, he can't help but admit that Lorelai and Sookie are his friends.

Lane Kim (Keiko Agena)

Rory's best friend in Stars Hollow. The two have been inseparable since they met in kindergarten. Lane attempts to be an ordinary American teenager under the watch of her conservative Christian parents.

Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda)

The antique shop owner in Stars Hollow and Lane's mother. She is a very conservative Christian and disapproves of most American customs.

Dean Forrester (Jared Padalecki)

A Stars Hollow high school student who eventually becomes Rory's first boyfriend.

  • Betty: To Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
    • He was also the Archie to Lindsay's Betty and Rory's Veronica.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets angry towards Rory when she declines to spend time with him in favor of school or town activities and therefore in the vicinity of Tristan, Jess or Logan.
    • He also dumped her after she blanked on saying "I Love You" back after gifting her with a car and telling her he loved her. Rory eventually did say it several episodes later.
    • Not to say his jealousy of Jess at least turns out to be pretty well justified.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: 6'4" Jared Padelecki and 5'7" Alexis Bledel definitely qualify.
  • Nice Guy: Initially, though his character devolves over later seasons.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: First to Jess, then to Logan.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By the time seasons 4 and 5 roll around, he's cheating on his wife and gets possessive of Rory.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He gets married to Lindsay in season 4 but convinces Rory to rekindle their relationship, leading them to have an affair.

Zach van Gerbig (Todd Lowe)

  • The Big Guy
  • Chick Magnet
  • Commander Contrarian: In "his" band.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Goes over-the-top when he thinks other guys (even Brian) might be interested in Lane.
  • Guilty Pleasures: In episode 11 of the 4th season, "In the Clamor and the Clangor", it is highly implied that he actually likes *NSYNC and that they are his guilty pleasure. But, he didn't want to admit it and got a little bit defensive when the band teased him about it (they, too, revealed their guilty pleasures — which did not include boy bands or bubblegum pop acts though).
  • Likes Older Women/Stacy's Mom: The first time he meets the Gilmore girls. He isn't much interested in Rory, but makes passes on Lorelai.
  • Man Child: Not the most mature member of the group, to say the least.
  • Manly Man: To Brian's Sensitive Guy.
  • Second Love: For Lane, second serious one.
  • The Slacker
  • Surfer Dude
  • Those Two Guys: Initially with Brian.

Brian Fuller (John Cabrera)

Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody)

Taylor Doose (Michael Winters)

  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes him.
  • Authority in Name Only — He's the town selectman and for the most part, he's seldom taken seriously.
  • Control Freak — Hooboy, is he a stickler for the rules.
  • Jerkass
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Seems to take a perverse delight in insisting every rule be followed to a tee, particularly when it irritates others.
  • Pet the Dog — Taylor realizes just how unpopular he is when Jackson decides to run against him as town selectman. Jackson can't handle the insane amount of pressure and realizes just why Taylor is perfect for the job.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Luke, who seems to be the only person in Stars Hollow to disapprove and speak out against Taylor's obsessive need to control every aspect of the town.

Babette Dell (Sally Struthers)

Patricia "Miss Patty" Lacosta (Liz Torres)

Gypsy (Rose Abdoo)

Cesar (Aris Alvarado)

  • Big Fun: He's both obese and always cheerful, sunny and polite to customers, in contrast to Luke.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Sometimes to Luke.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Sookie, though he's much less important than her.

Morey Dell (Ted Rooney)

Liz Danes (Kathleen Wilhoite)

TJ (Michael Deluise)

  • The Ditz: In his later appearances. He wasn't initially presented as a particularly bright guy, but later devolved to someone, whom a construction crew can trick into thinking he's the boss, while sending him off to buy them sandwiches to get him out of the way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: He's one for Luke. In a variation, TJ is more obliviously obnoxious, he does like Luke and treats him like family. Luke just sort of tolerates him for Liz's sake.

Lindsay Lister (Arielle Kebel)

  • Alliterative Name: Until she married Dean, anyway.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Rory's Veronica.
  • Disposable FiancÚ: She was so disposable that Louise was able to predict her marriage with Dean breaking because of Rory despite never even meeting her.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Michel found her attractive.
  • Spoiled Brat/Spoiled Sweet: She's immature and would rather have fun than acknowledge that her husband has to work, but she cares about Dean and consequently tries to improve in cooking to please him.

Lulu (Rini Bell)

Tom (Biff Yeager)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Always speaks in an apathetic tone and hardly says a line that isn't a snark.

Kyon (Susane Lee)

April Nardini (Vanessa Marano)

Anna Nardini (Sherilyn Fenn)


Paris Eustace Gellar (Liza Weil)

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
  • Ascended Extra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
  • Badass Princess: Paris is born to wealthy parents but she fights to earn everything she gets.
  • The B Grade
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Doyle
  • Brutal Honesty: Don't ask Paris a question unless you're prepared for a pretty harsh answer.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted to Hell.
  • Determinator
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Even makes a chart of experiences and activities to do by graduation.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Rory and Paris usually find a way to work things out, though.
    Emily (to Rory): Are you and Paris Gellar friends? I can never tell.
  • Hidden Depths: Of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variation.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Mainly with Rory.
  • Informed Judaism: The only time it really came up during the course of the show was when Paris visited Jamie during the holidays, and when it's pointed out her bat mitzvah dress carries a menorah.
  • Insufferable Genius: Paris is brilliant, sure, but she's also a pain in the ass about making sure everyone knows it.
  • Jerkass: In Season 1, defaulting to Jerk with a Heart of Gold in later seasons.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
  • May-December Romance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including Richard. Both squick out Rory.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: How she feels about Rory.
  • Parental Abandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only do we never see them neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the mom of Kelly from Beverly Hills 90210, but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same country as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless.
  • Preppy Name
  • Promotion to Opening Titles
  • Red Oni: With Rory
  • The Rival: Introduced in Season 1 as a rival to Rory, and always feels this way a little, even when they become friends.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: editor of both the Chilton Franklin and Yale Daily News.
  • Student Council President
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's usually the icy part with everyone, including close friends and loved ones, but every so often, the sugar part comes through, like with Lorelai, Rory, and Jamie.
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Unknown Rival: Again, with Rory.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained.

Doyle Mcmaster (Danny Strong)

Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry)

Marty (Wayne Wilcox)

  • Naked First Impression: First meets Rory when he wakes up outside her dorm room after a party, without any clothes on.

Tanna Schrick (Olivia Hack)

Janet Billings (Katie Walder)

Asher Fleming (Michael York)

  • Character Death: He has a heart condition and dies.
  • Cool Old Guy: Tries to be cool by dating young college girls.
  • Hot Teacher: Paris and quite a lot of female students at Yale would say so.
  • May-December Romance: He and Paris start dating and their relationship lasts quite long. He seems to have a reputation for dating young female students.


Madeline Lynn (Shelly Cole) and Louise Grant (Teal Redmann)

Max Medina (Scott Cohen)

Tristan Dugray (Chad Michael Murray)

Headmaster Hanlin Charleston (Dakin Matthews)

Henry Cho (Eddie Shin)

  • Put on a Bus
  • Secret Relationship: Somewhat, despite never actually going on a date. Ironically, Henry would probably be the perfect boyfriend for Lane in her mother's eyes, but Lane decides to hide the relationship since she thinks her mother would never approve.
  • Token Minority Couple: With Lane.

Francine "Francie" Jarvis (Emily Bergl)

  • Alpha Bitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
  • Evil Redhead


Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe)

Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia)

  • Black Sheep
  • Book Worm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Starts out this way, then puts on this as a facade to hide his overtime shifts at work.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Rory's Gentle Girl.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns twice, once in Season 4, and once in Season 6.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, he gets blamed for being bitter about it? Unfortunate Implications anyone?
  • Jerkass/ Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts out as a Jerkass but becomes the Jerk with a Heart of Gold in his last appearances.
  • Love at First Sight: Upon his second return in season 4, he tells Rory that he knew they were "meant to be together" from the first time he saw her. Sadly, Rory has lost her trust in him by this point and rejects him.
  • Operation Jealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
  • Parental Neglect/ Parental Abandonment: His mother is the former and his father is the latter.
  • Second Love: To Rory. Dean was the first.
  • Self-Made Man: Season 6 reveals that he's published a short book and is very involved with the local independent arts scene.
  • Short, Dark And Snarky
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
  • Teens Are Short: Part of the trick to convince the audience that he's seventeen was apparently use camera angles to make the 5'10" Milo Ventimiglia look shorter as well as dressing him in over-sized clothing and playing most of his scenes against Scott Patterson and Jared Padalecki, who were both over 6'.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Veronica: To Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
    • And then the Betty to Logan's Veronica.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Rory.

Jason Stiles (Chris Eigeman)

Gil (Sebastian Bach)

Sherry Tinsdale (Madchen Amick)

  • Control Freak: To the point of scheduling giving birth.
  • Family Versus Career: A career girl. The show does not treat it sympathetically.
  • Missing Mom: Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.
  • Shotgun Wedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherrie discovers she's pregnant. It ends the way you'd expect it to.
  • Written-In Absence: The show couldn't get Amick to reprise her character in later years, so the 'running away to Paris' plot was created to conveniently allow her to be absent without writing out the character.

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